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Electronic Postcard #41 - October 2006 from THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR MUSIC EDUCATION (ISME) *************************************************** SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT WELCOME - 5th HONORARY PRESIDENT, ISME Back copies of ISME Electronic Postcards About These Postcards *************************************************** WELCOME - 5th HONORARY PRESIDENT, ISME Yasuharu Takahagi (Japan) FROM GARY McPHERSON, PRESIDENT Speech delivered at the General Assembly, Thursday 20 July 2006 Fellow music educators, friends. . . . Perhaps the greatest honour a serving ISME President can have is to introduce to the General Assembly the Board's nomination for the position of ISME Honorary President. As you know, our Society has had only four Honorary Presidents during the 53 years since ISME was founded. Leo Kestenberg, an outstanding musician, visionary educator and pragmatic reformer was our first Honorary President. He served in this role from the founding of the Society in 1953 until his death in 1962. Kestenberg started his musical career as a concert pianist; he then became involved with the social democratic movement, worked for radical changes in music education in Prussia and initiated the most important reforms of school music education in Germany. He helped to organize some of the earliest international meetings in music education. As a visionary music educator, he was one of the people at that time who knew how the world was changing and who helped guide the concept of an International Society for Music Education. We all know the name Zoltรกn Kodรกly. As ISME's second Honorary President from 1964 to 1967, Kodรกly gave substance and character to our discipline through his approach to teaching music in Hungarian schools and his subsequent influence on music educators globally. We also value Kodรกly's contribution to music education for the way he advocated for music education during his entire lifetime.


Dimitri Kabalevsky served as ISME's third Honorary President from 1972 until 1987. Kabalesvky was not only a composer and educator but a strong and influential advocate for music and music education. Through his positions of influence he was able to champion the cause of music education like no other Russian composer and music educator was able to do. He was also an articulate thinker and writer and argued consistently for the place of music as both a professional study and an integral component of 'mass education'. ISME's fourth Honorary President is someone many of us knew well - Sir Frank Callaway. Born and raised in New Zealander, during his early years he contributed greatly to raising the profile of music education in New Zealand and then later in Australia as well. Many of us have first hand knowledge of Sir Frank's notable contribution to the cause of music and music education internationally. In 1997 he was awarded the International Music Council UNESCO Music Prize. He also received a knighthood from the Queen and an Order of Australia, among many other awards. Frank Callaway served our Society with distinction as a Board member, President, Treasurer, journal editor and ISME Honorary President between 1988 and 2003. Today, on behalf of the Board, I take great pleasure in presenting to you our fifth ISME Honorary President. Like our first four Honorary Presidents the nominee is a person of vision, a true pioneer in the region of the world where he worked, and a music educator who embodies all that's good about this wonderful discipline we're all proud to call music education. Our nominee first joined ISME in 1963 and from his first conference, became a recognizable face and enthusiastic supporter of our Conferences for another four decades. He worked tirelessly in his home country to improve and promote music education and he traveled extensively abroad throughout the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s to bring back new ideas so that his home country could keep up with the very latest developments and thinking in music education. He also worked to introduce music educators internationally to the unique and magnificent ways in which music is taught in his own country. His election to the Presidency of ISME in 1992 serves as a symbol of perseverance and dedication to the highest ideals of music teaching. During his time as ISME President, he helped to secure funding to establish the ISME International Office in Reading, UK. The then Secretary General of ISME, Ronald Smith, secured a grant (of ÂŁ9000) from Roland UK to set up an international office for the administration of the society. Subsequently, Yasu obtained annual funding from the Roland Corporation, the parent company in Japan, and major funding for ISME's professional activities from the Yamaha Music Foundation and from Tadashi Miura's personal foundation. He was instrumental in developing the ISME Declaration of Beliefs for Worldwide Promotion of Music Education that was accepted by the Board of Directors in 1994. The policy has since proved to be a landmark in our


Society's history and one of the most influential and important documents our discipline has been able to produce. In his own country, the ISME Declaration which he championed had such an effect that both houses of the Japanese government - the House of Representatives and the House of Councilors - enacted a new law in November 1994 entitled: “Law for promotion of music education and culture�. International Music Day October 1 In Japan, our nominee continued to chair the National Conference for Music Education, which brought together 72 music, music education and music industry organizations. As a result of the new law which this organization lobbied to promote, Japan stipulated October 1 as its International Music Day, for promoting various kinds of musical activities throughout the country every year that are subsidized by the Cultural Agency, local public organizations and music businesses. Aligned with these achievements our nominee was also instrumental in convincing the Japanese Government to issue International Music Day postage stamps as a means of celebrating and commemorating music education. Later, he received an invitation from the Director General of UNESCO to serve as a member of the Commission on Music in the 21st Century. This was the first time that anyone outside of Europe had actually come to one of these meetings. Our nominee is a very gentle man - a listener, first and foremost. He listens, and he hears. He asks questions and offers opinions when asked. His generous and gentle way of working with people from all cultures and backgrounds is the reason why he is so appreciated and admired. He also possesses great strength, integrity and wisdom. The ISME Board believe that the professional and personal qualities which I have just described, combined with our nominees knowledge of ISME and of music and music education around the world, make him the best possible, and most worthy candidate, for the position of ISME Honorary President. Fellow members of ISME, I present to you ISME Honorary President Yasuharu Takahagi, from Japan. *************************************************** Back copies of ISME Electronic Postcards are available to Members Only at this direct link. http://www.isme.org/article/archive/44 When you open the page, if it is blank this will be because to access them you will first have to log in as a member. If you are not sure how to


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2006 #41 October ISME E-Postcard